Arthur Theate, the most Italian Breton, returns to where his career started: “My name was still circulating in Italy, but I wanted to stay”

It was an evening in September 2021. The little guy from Liège, who had just made his debut twelve months earlier in Ostend, stepped out of the shadows and lit up a dark evening at the San Siro. His new club Bologna, which he joined three weeks earlier, was receiving a football lesson against Inter (6-0) when he came off the bench and saved his honor with a header.

This evening marked the beginning of his Italian starting ramp which very quickly allowed him to be invited by Roberto Martinez, two weeks later, to play in the Final Four of the League of Nations… in Italy. “Italy is special, he admitted a few days ago at a press conference in the comments he made Western France. It is an important part of my journey. I learned a lot there as a defender. It's a very special championship with very special stadiums.”

Starting with the San Siro, the ground of his first game in Serie A, to which he returns this Thursday night. “It's a special stadium, I don't have to draw for you. It is the second stage. I know what the atmosphere is like there, I played there with Bologna for three games until the end, they were supposed to be champions, so the stadium was boiling. We went 0-0. It is clear that I will try to have a role with the youngsters in the team.”


I'm glad that people are talking about me in Serie A, it's my favorite championship.

Today considered a pillar of Stade Rennais despite his youth (23), Theate has reached another milestone on a personal level. The consistency of his performances, his reliability, and then his versatility (he can play in the center or on the left wing) make him a defender who is popular in the European market. His value today is estimated at more than twenty million €, four times more than during his stay in Bologna.

Last month, Naples also tried to force him to leave Brittany by opening talks with Rennes. “The good thing is that it's behind merejoices Theate whose choice has obviously already been made. I wanted to stay in Rennes. The fact that my name was circulating in Italy is something else. But I wanted to stay. It was a wish on my part and the club's. Even last summer I heard that I wanted to leave the club, it was not like that. I haven't spent two years at the club yet and I'm very happy to spend two or more years here, I'm very happy.”

However, there are already rumors that next summer will be a different choice, if interested clubs like Roma or Napoli return to attack. “I'm glad that people are talking about me in Serie A, it's my favorite championship. We'll see at the end of the season”he confided Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The coach brings me discipline in this position”

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